PGA Tour First Look: Valero Texas Open

By Carl Conrad
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We’re eight days away from the start of The Masters and that means that the 2013 Valero Texas Open will be getting started tomorrow. Due to its position as the event immediately preceding the Masters, there were some late additions and subtractions in the field at TPC San Antonio.

The 7,522 yard, par 72 golf course the players will face this week is much different from what they will see next week at Augusta National, and that has been a point of contention for many of the pros. TPC San Antonio is a relatively flat course that features narrow fairways, incredibly deep bunkers and unplayable lies scattered throughout the track.

Rory McIlroy was a late addition to the field, deciding over lunch last week at the Shell Houston Open to give it a go this week. His addition gives the event four of the top 15 players in the world, joining Matt Kuchar, Ian Poulter and Charl Schwartzel. Teenager Jordan Spieth may be getting the lion’s share of the press this week, as he has captivated audiences and the media alike with his talent and personality. He will be looking to take advantage of his special temporary membership and tally another solid finish in just his sixth PGA Tour start.

Defending champion Ben Curtis will be vying for his first top 10 finish of the 2013 as he prepares for Augusta next week. He has only made the cut in four of the seven events he’s started in 2013, with his best finish coming at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, where he finished T18.

The field this week is understandably a little light, considering most of the top-tier golfers are taking the week off to get their game primed and ready to go for the Masters. With that being said, I expect some quality golf to be played is still plenty of talent in the field.

Carl Conrad is the Senior Golf Writer for Follow him on Twitter or add him to your network on Google.


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